AUGUSTA — “Thos. Moser: Legacy in Wood,” a traveling exhibition illustrating the artistic vision of Tom Moser, Maine’s legendary furniture maker, will open Saturday, July 15, at the Maine State Museum, 230 State St. Museum admission will be free of charge all day. The exhibit will remain on view through Jan. 13.

“The traveling exhibition is the first retrospective of Tom Moser’s 45-year contribution to art, craft, design and entrepreneurship in Maine,” said the exhibition’s curator Donna McNeil in a news release from the museum.

“This version of the traveling exhibit has some commonalities with its installations in the other two venues. In many ways it is unique. Different pieces of furniture and new styles will be featured. Some pieces made by a new generation of designers, all inspired by Tom Moser’s vision and working at Thos. Moser, Handmade American Furniture, will be highlighted as well.”

In addition to showcasing furniture, the exhibit includes a wood-bending jig from the factory floor and hands-on joinery examples to display how the furniture is made. A small carousel horse, hand-carved by Moser in collaboration with Ramsy Uter, a craftsman at Thos. Moser, Handmade American Furniture since 2007, will make its debut as part of the Maine State Museum’s exhibit.

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